posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:12 AM
Well, this isn't so much a conspiracy theory (unless you believe that whalers will lie about the scale of the hunts they will conduct)... but it is
interesting (and worth reading just to look at the interesting photo of the Sperm whale calf)...
Several countries, including Japan and Norway, are pressuring the international community to lift the existing restrictions on whaling:
They argue that whales provide a valuable source of nutrition and that the numbers of some species have been restocked to a viable level.
Opponents of whaling claim that several species are still bordering on extinction... and that if the current limitations are lifted whalers will hunt
the rare breeds as well as the more 'common' ones.
Even if the pro-whaling countries can show that the whales aren't in danger, many people have noted that the general public's interest in whales may
protect them, in the end:
'"A lot of people would like to think of whales as philosopher-poets swimming around the oceans thinking deep thoughts, and that is not true," said
Dr. Roger Payne, one of the biologists who first studied the mating songs of humpbacks. "But for some reason, people are deeply, deeply impressed by
these animals. It may be their size, and grace has something to do with it. But there really is an air of mystery about them."'